Argentina-bound Huff plotting a replica of 2014 performance

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Rob Huff is preparing to get behind the wheel once again when the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship resumes in Argentina this weekend.

The Championship took a break of five weeks following the last meeting in Portugal, where Huff recorded sixth and fourth-place finishes for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team.

It means the Red Lodge-based racer is seventh in the driver standings ahead of the next outing at the Rio Hondo circuit.

It is a venue where he claimed second spot in 2014 and Huff is hopeful of producing a similar result this time around.

“It’s been good to have a few weeks to recharge the batteries, but I’m raring to get back behind the wheel of the Civic WTCC in Argentina,” said the 36-year-old.

“Rio Hondo is typical of modern circuits with a good blend of corners and a hairpin at the end of a long straight that should provide a decent overtaking opportunity.

“After the great team performance in Portugal, we’re again carrying 60kg of compensation weight, which could make things a little tricky if we get high temperatures.

“But we’ve seen the car perform well virtually everywhere this year and there’s no reason to think we can’t be in the hunt again this weekend.”

With five podiums between them in the last six races, Huff, along with team-mates Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz, has been able to help the Honda team up to second in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

n Meanwhile, Newmarket’s Will Payne is closing in on the MG Trophy Championship title after his performance at Mallory Park last weekend.

The 22-year-old won both races at the Leicestershire circuit to move himself up to the top of the table with just two meetings left.

Payne will next be in action on September 3 and 4 at Oulton Park.